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McAvoy lifts Bruins over Devils in 11th round of shootout; B's win three of four on road trip

The Sports Xchange

November 22. 2017 10:40PM
Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy scores the game-winning goal on New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider during Wednesday's shootout at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

NEWARK, N.J. — Anton Khudobin made 40 saves to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on Wednesday night.

Jake DeBrusk and Patrice Bergeron scored in the first period, and Charlie McAvoy scored the game winner in the shootout for Boston, which improved to 9-7-4.

Even though the Devils outshot Boston 42-29, New Jersey dropped to 12-5-4.

Cory Schneider made 27 saves, and Jesper Bratt and Brian Gibbons scored for the Devils.

The Bruins went into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead, thanks to DeBrusk and Bergeron.

DeBrusk opened the scoring with his fifth of the season at 1:25. Boston’s lead grew to 2-0 9:37 later when Bergeron finished a 2-on-1 with David Pastrnak by one-timing a feed from the left circle past a diving Schneider.

Bratt’s power-play goal at 17:10 got the Devils on the board. The goal was his sixth of the season.

Neither team scored in the second, even though Boston had three power plays. Blake Coleman had the best scoring chance with a short-handed breakaway, but Khudobin stoned New Jersey’s rookie center.

New Jersey finished the game having killed all four Boston power plays.

The Devils spent the third period pressuring the Bruins and it paid off when Gibbons redirected Damon Severson’s shot to force overtime.

McAvoy snapped a quick shot in the 11th round of the shootout, after Taylor Hall and Pastrnak scored in the first and second rounds.

Notes: Boston C Ryan Spooner played for the first time after sustaining a torn right adductor against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 15. Even with the addition of Spooner, the Bruins were short-handed as LW Anders Bjork (undisclosed), LW Brad Marchand (upper-body injury), RW David Backes (colon surgery) and D Adam McQuaid (broken right fibula) did not dress. Boston also scratched LW Matt Beleskey, D Torey Krug and D Paul Postma. ... New Jersey placed RW Kyle Palmieri on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 20 with a broken right foot. The team announced he is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. ... New Jersey scratched D Dalton Prout and RW Stefan Noesen. ... New Jersey’s game Friday against Vancouver will dovetail with the shared NHL and NHLPA program Hockey Fights Cancer. Devils C Brian Boyle announced during training camp he had been diagnosed with Leukemia. Boyle has a goal and an assist for two points in the 10 games this season.